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60-GHz Eval Board and Baseband Modem IC Forge Viable Fiber Alternative

Oct. 21, 2022
Integrating Pharrowtech’s evaluation board and Renesas’ baseband modem platform lets operators and OEMs design affordable, unlicensed 5G CPEs and systems.
Although everyone wants access to reliable, high-speed internet connectivity, it’s not always feasible to deploy fiber technologies in some locations. But the integration of Pharrowtech’s PTB-1060 60-GHz high-speed wireless evaluation board and the Renesas RWM6050 RapidWave baseband wireless modem platform makes possible a viable wireless alternative to the expense and disruption of fiber deployment.

Pharrowtech’s PTB-1060 evaluation board includes its PTR-1060 CMOS radio chip and PTM-1060 antenna-array module along with the RWM6050, making the technology available for customer evaluation with the Renesas’ Evaluation Kit.

Many fast-growing use cases require reliable, fiber-like data rates that can't be cost-effectively served with wired technologies. To sustain the growing demand for gigabit-per-second home broadband access, and to effectively support smart-city deployments such as high-resolution CCTV cameras in public spaces, 60-GHz connectivity offers superior performance, shorter deployment time, and lower equipment cost.

Renesas’ RWM6050 baseband modem chip makes it possible to realize the full potential of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) deployments, 5G and Wi-Fi infrastructure backhauling, next-generation consumer electronics products including VR, and IoT devices requiring high-speed links, all while streamlining the design process and reducing the total system cost (see figure). For its part, Pharrowtech’s PTR-1060 radio chip lets telecom providers deploy 60-GHz connectivity in new use cases without performance drawbacks seen in some solutions.

The integrated PTR-1060 chipset supports six channels rather than just the lowest four, from 57 GHz through to 71 GHz, therefore offering significantly improved signal performance when compared to other products on the market. Further, with up to 64QAM modulation, the chip delivers higher data rates, enabling more margin and thus greater reliability.

The inclusion of Pharrowtech’s PTM-1060 radio module (RFM) allows for a tightly integrated and optimized 8 × 8 (2 × 2 cm, the diameter of a penny) patch antenna array, meaning it can readily be integrated into end products, taking much less surface area than competitive solutions with half the antenna paths.

The combination of Pharrowtech’s CMOS radio and Renesas’ CMOS baseband is claimed to offer the smallest physical footprint of any comparable chipset on the market, reducing board space required in the end application. This not only means that a sleeker product can be delivered, but that it will have a shorter time-to-market and lower cost than similar solutions.

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David Maliniak | Executive Editor, Microwaves & RF

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